Traffic police suggests commuters take detour to avoid mass rally sites


BANGKOK, 12 January 2014 The traffic police have expressed concerns over traffic at Lat Phrao junction and the Victory Monument where anti-government protesters will gather on Monday. Commuters are recommended to avoid the areas and use public transportation. 

Chief of the traffic police Pol.Maj.Gen. Chirasant Kaewsaeng-ek said the rallies at the Victory Monument and Lat Phrao junction worried the traffic police the most. Commuter who wanted to use personal vehicles should take a detour earlier announced by the traffic police or contact the hotline 1197 for information about the suggested routes, he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Director of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) Nares Poonpium said the BMTA adjusted the public bus routes which passed Lat Phrao junction and the Victory Monument. The buses would try to reach BTS and MRT electric train stations so that passengers could transfer to other routes.

Bus traffic at the Victory Monument was the most difficult to manage since there were more than 30,000 buses passing the monument with more than 200,000 passengers a day, said Mr Nares